Peru to Swear-In New President to Calm Unrest
Peruvian lawmaker Francisco Sagasti is set to be sworn-in as acting president on Tuesday. Peru's congress approved the appointment in an effort to calm street protests after the removal of two presidents during the past week.
Sagasti is a legislator from the Purple Party. He will be sworn-in as president at 2100 hours Universal Time. His term is office would last until July of next year. A new presidential election will be held April 11, 2021.
A week ago, President Martin Vizcarra was removed from office in an impeachment trial. He was replaced by Manuel Merino, who resigned on Sunday after two people died in anti-government protests.
Sagasti spoke to the nation Monday night. He promised to move the country away from anger and "toward a moment of happiness, of hope."
But many in Peru believe its politicians are corrupt and responsible for the economic and public health crises the country is experiencing.
Congress removed the well-liked Vizcarra from office by using a little-known legislative rule. He was accused of taking more than $500,000 dollars in illegal payments while serving as governor in southern Peru from 2011-2014. He denies the charges. Protestors believe he was ousted because of his efforts to stop corruption.
About 50 percent of Peru's legislators are being investigated for financial crimes, The New York Times noted.
The decision to name Sagasti appears to have calmed protestors, but hundreds continued to demonstrate in Lima Monday night.
Sagasti is an engineer and former World Bank official. He said on Monday night that he would consider naming Vizcarra to his cabinet.
"If they are people with experience, integrity and the desire to work, I think we would do wrong to leave them aside," Sagasti told a local television station.
Sagasti will be Peru's fourth president in less than three years after the departures of Vizcarra and Merino. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned in 2018 following corruption charges.
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I have always regarded him as a man of integrity.
2.protestor n. 抗议者
One protestor appeared to be waving a portrait of the British Queen.
Our financial situation had become precarious.
Allegations of corruption were levelled at him and his family.
5.A week ago, President Martin Vizcarra was removed from office in an impeachment trial.
removed from office 赶下台
He has been removed from office and prosecuted on a charge of embezzlement.
He has been removed from office for incompetence.
6.If they are people with experience, integrity and the desire to work, I think we would do wrong to leave them aside.
leave aside 不考虑
Let's leave aside questions of minor importance.
We cannot leave aside his neglect of duty.
秘鲁议员弗朗西斯科·萨加斯蒂将于周二宣誓就任代理总统 。秘鲁国会批准了这一任命，以平息上周两名总统下台后的街头抗议活动 。
萨加斯蒂是紫色党(Purple Party)议员 。他将于世界时间21时宣誓就任总统 。他的任期将持续到明年7月 。新的总统选举将于2021年4月11日举行 。
一周前，总统马丁·比兹卡拉在一次弹劾审判中被免职 。继任者是曼努埃尔·梅里诺(Manuel Merino)，梅里诺在两名人士因反政府抗议死亡后于周日辞职 。
萨加斯蒂周一晚上对全国发表了讲话 。他承诺要把这个国家从愤怒中解救出来，“走向幸福和充满希望的未来” 。
国会通过一项鲜为人知的立法规定将支持率高的比斯卡拉免职 。他被控在2011-2014年担任秘鲁南部州长期间非法收受超过50万美元 。他否认了这些指控 。抗议者认为他因努力打击腐败而被赶下台 。
萨加斯蒂是一名工程师，曾任世界银行官员 。他在周一晚上表示，他将考虑任命比斯卡拉进入内阁 。
在比斯卡拉和梅里诺卸任后不到三年，萨加斯蒂将成为秘鲁的第四任总统 。2018年，库琴斯基（Pedro Pablo Kuczynski）因腐败指控辞职 。